Throughout the last century, the automobile industry has been consistently at the forefront of traditional manufacturing industries, while also spurring development in associated component manufacturers. As car ownership exploded, car functionality also diversified. Modern vehicles are equipped with a mass of electronic components, which has led to the expansion of the autotronics market.
Furthermore, social and economic trends, including global environmental change, urbanization, and the rise in consumer purchasing power in emerging markets, have steered vehicle manufacturers towards creating cars which are energy saving, smart and convenient. Today, the automobile industry is no longer considered a traditional manufacturing industry. Future development trends such as the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), the Internet of Vehicles (IoV), renewable energy cars and self-driving cars will bring the automobile industry into the next era of technology. The use of sensors and microcontrollers (MCUs) will make vehicles safer, more comfortable and more user-friendly. The autotronics industry will work closely with other industries, such as semiconductor manufacturers, technology solution providers, and service providers, to develop more comprehensive applications.
With leading ICT product manufacturers now developing smart-car-related applications leading automakers launching ICT smart cars, the scope of autotronics is expanding to include a range of vehicle ICT products, such as GPS-enabled entertainment systems, automatic parking, blind spot detection, night vision, tire pressure detection, emergency reporting systems, and so on. Traditional automakers are combining cutting-edge products with newly developed applications which integrate remote control into smart watches, tablets and mobiles, and self-driving cars to meet the needs of the future aging society. In this way, smart cars will become part of daily life and will help to improve road safety and standards of living.